Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Red

By: Michael Hall

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Red: A Crayon’s Story

Summary: Red’s factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.

Rating: 5 *****

A wonderful story about kids who are different and facing pressure from others to fit in.

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Lucy and Henry are Twins

Written By: Elizabeth Winthrop
Illustrated By: Jane Massey

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Lucy and Henry are Twins

Summary:
Lucy and her twin brother Henry take a trip to the park, where they each do their own thing, together.

Rating: 3 ***

A story about how siblings or friends can both have fun together while doing separate things.

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Two Speckled Eggs

By: Jennifer K. Mann

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Two Speckled Eggs

Summary: It’s Ginger’s birthday, and she has to invite all the girls in her class to her party, including Lyla Browning. Even though she doesn’t want to! Lyla isn’t like the other girls: she smells like old leaves, doesn’t talk much, and once brought a tarantula to school for show-and-tell.

Rating: 4 ****

An adorable story about giving people a chance even though they may seem different.

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Gaston

Written By: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated By: Christian Robinson

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Gaston

Summary: A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

Rating: 5 *****

An adorable book about a dog who fits in even though he looks different.

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Roger is Reading a Book

By: Koen Van Biesen
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Roger is Reading a Book

Summary:
Roger wants some peace and quiet so he can read his book, but his neighbor Emily has some hobbies of her own — very loud ones!

Rating: 2 **

Unfortunately, the book is not told from the point of view of the child and is more about how an adult would deal with a pesky child and is unfortunately successful.

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Made by Raffi

Written By: Craig Pomranz
Illustrated By: Margaret Chamberlain


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Made by Raffi

Summary:
Raffi is a shy boy who doesn’t like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad’s birthday he is full of enthusiasm, even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem: no costume for the prince. And that’s when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all–to make a prince’s cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi’s cape is the star of the show.

Rating: 2 **

A great concept about a boy who is different and finds a different path and in the end acceptance by his classmates, but he never makes a friend, which is very sad.

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The Geese March in Step

By: Jean Francois Dumont

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The Geese March in Step


Zita just can’t seem to march to the same beat as the rest of the geese, but before long, she realizes, as do the other barnyard animals, that her own special rhythm is just right

Rating: 4 ****

It’s fun to read, but at the same time very difficult. Dumont records the sound of each step and adds more and more as the animals keep joining in. So all over the page there’s different words of sound. It becomes and almost tongue twister of a parade.

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Edda

By: Adam Auerbach

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Edda : a little Valkyrie’s first day of school

Edda, the littlest Valkyrie, leaves the magical land of Asgard to attend school in hopes of making a friend her own age, but feels like an outcast until she finds her courage and learns that being different makes her special.

Rating: 3 ***

It would be a more interesting story if it was the opposite – a child went to school in Asgard. Kids are more interested in the Valkyrie illustrations and what everything is, which unfortunately is not described.

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Stellaluna

By Janell Cannon

Stellaluna
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

After she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

Rating: 5 *****

A really sweet story about acceptance, differences and friendship.

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The Story of Ferdinand

By Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

A true classic with a timeless message, this story about a docile bull who would rather smell flowers than engage in the bullfights in Madrid is now packaged with a compact disc featuring a professional reading of the unabridged story.

Rating: 5 *****

Ferdinand stays tried and true to who he is no matter how much they provoke him. This is a nice story focusing on individuality.

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